Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Her 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion, as well as on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.


Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Develop A Data-Driven Digital Business

    Short-Sighted Analytics Are Hindering Digital Leaders

    Forrester's digital maturity model defines measurement as one of the four key pillars of transformation, yet too many eBusiness professionals lack the customer-centric, cross-touchpoint insight...

    • Downloads: 367
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Disrupting Finance: Mobile Payment Systems

    Mobile Payment Systems Are Still Struggling To Spark Adoption

    The mobile mind shift — the expectation by consumers that they can get what they want in their immediate context and moment of need — has inspired a generation of disrupters that use...

    • Downloads: 664
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Recruit And Retain Top Digital Talent

    Digital skills are in massive demand. eBusiness professionals in end user firms like retailers and banks are struggling to recruit and retain the brightest digital talent. The lure of startups,...

    • Downloads: 293
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Your Customers Will Not Download Your App

    Develop A Strategy To Borrow Mobile Moments And Engage Your Customers Effectively — Where They Already Are

    Few eBusiness professionals will see the majority of their customers download their app, nor will they own enough mobile moments to win, serve, and retain their customers effectively. Most apps...

    • Downloads: 469
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How Ecosystems Fuel Digital Business

    How To Harness Digitally Connected Ecosystems To Create Scalable Customer Value

    Digital ecosystems are accelerating the pace at which firms can innovate and deliver products and services. Ecosystem-enabled businesses, like Airbnb, Lending Club, and Uber, have emerged and...

    • Downloads: 193
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 Global Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    Garanti Tops Our Review Of Global Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the mobile banking offerings of 32 large retail banks in Western Europe, North America, and Australia. In general, the firms...

    • Downloads: 636
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Fire Phone Fails; Amazon Doesn't

    Insights, Not Sales, Will Define Amazon's Success

    On June 18, 2014, Amazon announced the launch of a smartphone, named the Fire Phone, with unique hardware and services designed to enhance its core businesses: retail and a digital platform....

    • Downloads: 177
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Mobile Mind Shift Maturity Framework

    Assessment: The Mobile eBusiness Playbook

    Few companies have adapted to the mobile mind shift. Many don't have the resources, budget, and organization to make the shift. This document will help eBusiness and channel strategy professionals...

    • Downloads: 292
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Customer Advocacy 2014: How US Consumers Rate Their Financial Institutions

    Customers Rate Their Banks, Credit Card Providers, Insurers, And Investment Firms

    The traditional competitive barriers in retail financial services are crumbling. Digital touchpoints render branch distribution strength impotent. Digital technologies are cheaper and easier to...

    • Downloads: 408
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2015: Staffing And Hiring For eBusiness

    Our Annual Benchmark Of eBusiness Team Sizes And Job Functions

    In our annual organizational and staffing survey of eBusiness and channel strategy professionals, we found that while eBusiness budgets have grown by more than 10%, finding the skills and...

    • Downloads: 232
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:How French Banking Customers Use Different Channels, 2015

    Weave Digital And Human Touchpoints Together To Build A New Generation Of Digital Banking

    Banking channel use is changing in France as customers increasingly use digital touchpoints like online and mobile banking to manage their financial lives. Digital touchpoints are gradually replacing...

    • Downloads: 168
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Engage Investors With Game Mechanics

    Competition, Rewards Motivate Wealth Management Clients

    Consumers know that investing is important to their financial futures. But wealth management can be complex and involves deferring current spending for long-term benefits. To engage investors and...

    • Downloads: 276
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Ten Must-Have Features For Secure Client Sites Of Investment Firms

    Best Practices From The Authenticated Websites Of Leading US Wealth And Asset Management Firms

    Getting the secure client site right is crucial to the success of investment firms today: Web access on a personal computer is overwhelmingly the touchpoint of choice for US investors who want to see...

    • Downloads: 645
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: Vanguard's Personal Advisor Will Transform The Financial Advice Business

    Compelling New Service Will Disrupt The Wealth Management Industry By Blending Human And Digital

    Vanguard's Personal Advisor Services exploits digital technology to bring personal guidance from a financial advisor for an annual fee of just 0.30% of a client's managed assets. Even before its...

    • Downloads: 290
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Just For You: Use Personalization Technology To Help Associates In The Retail Store

    Retailers Fail To Create Relevant Digital Experiences For Their Associates

    As retail stores transform into digital stores, customers will expect personalized content and experiences in-aisle. Personalization technologies such as automated product recommendations are poised...

    • Downloads: 254
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2016: The Race To Digital

    How Digital Masters Will Widen Their Lead Over Digital Dinosaurs

    In 2016, the gap between the digital "haves" and "have nots" will widen. While the digital dinosaurs continue to thrash, the digital masters will drive strategy that delivers business outcomes...

    • Downloads: 216
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Evaluate Your B2B eCommerce Maturity

    Assessment: The B2B eCommerce Playbook

    With the B2B C-suite increasingly demanding that companies make more informed digital investment decisions, B2B eCommerce professionals are actively measuring their progress and benchmarking their...

    • Downloads: 1194
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    Report:Choose B2B eCommerce Features That Matter

    Where B2B Companies Are Spending Money In 2014

    Forrester partnered with Internet Retailer magazine to survey 155 B2B eCommerce professionals and produce first-of-its-kind sell-side B2B eCommerce benchmarks. The survey developed detailed insights...

    • Downloads: 340
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: Digital Banking Teams Finally Get Serious About Innovation

    How Digital Banking Will Change In 2015 And What Digital Executives And Teams Should Do To Respond

    As digital touchpoints become the primary way bank customers interact and transact with their banks, eBusiness and channel strategy professionals at banks, card issuers, and credit unions need to...

    • Downloads: 656
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    Report:Predictions 2015: Prepare For More Global eCommerce Players To Spread Their Wings

    10 Trends That Will Shape Global Online Retail

    The next year will see global eBusiness executives continuing to expand their international footprints. Some will set their sights exclusively on the relatively mature online retail markets of North...

    • Downloads: 321
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Lessons In Leading A Digital Business Transformation

    Insights From The Front Lines At 3M, Bank Of America, And Walgreens

    The forces of digital disruption have reached critical mass, threatening every incumbent firm in every industry. Attendees at our Forum For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals heard from...

    • Downloads: 554
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    Report:Five Pitfalls To Avoid When Executing A Retail eCommerce Strategy

    Processes: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    Retail eCommerce has nearly two decades of experience under its belt, so companies in the early stages of web retail can now follow a fairly established set of best practices. This report is a...

    • Downloads: 1092
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Predictions 2015: Healthcare Retail Goes Live

    New Consumer Models Move To Scale

    The healthcare digital landscape will continue to mature in 2015 as insurers and providers build consumer-centric journeys that leverage best practices from retail industries. The main question...

    • Downloads: 392
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2015 European Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark

    CaixaBank Tops Our Review Of European Banks' Mobile Services

    We used our Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the retail mobile banking offerings of 13 banks across Europe using 41 criteria. While all of the European banks deliver the...

    • Downloads: 288
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Globalize Your eBusiness Organization Structure

    Organization: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    The Internet has flattened the world, meaning many digital teams now have an international, if not global, mandate. With many markets suffering from poor domestic growth rates, eBusiness executives...

    • Downloads: 285